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Is there any other cheaper wholesale website other than Alibaba.com and Aliexpress?

Discussion in 'General Business' started by Kareemtaiwo12, May 30, 2016.

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    Is there any other cheaper wholesale website other than Alibaba.com and Aliexpress? I know Alibaba.com, but the price is usually not real price, the real price is higher than the listed. Any one having good suggestion?
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    Kareemtaiwo12, May 30, 2016 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    I imagine there will be sites that will be cheaper for specific types of product. You might have to do some of the leg work yourself.

    What type of thing are you looking for?
     
    sarahk, May 30, 2016 IP
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    What kind of products are you looking for?
     
    Newchic, Nov 23, 2016 IP
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    Some items are cheaper than at Taobao.com
     
    James Raw, Nov 23, 2016 IP
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    Depending on the products.
    I would not say Alibaba offers wholesale cheap stuff.
    China-made products offer competitively priced products and not necessarily quality ones.
    After decades in sales field, I realized quality has its price.
     
    siteslikecraigslist, Nov 24, 2016 IP
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    It's important to understand how importing works and this includes knowing how to find reliable suppliers who will give best prices.

    "Wholesale" is a greatly misunderstood and misused word. You can go to retail outlets that advertise "wholesale" prices, but they are retailers who are making a profit after themselves buying at wholesale prices. Most B2B sites like Alibaba and Aliexpress offer what people think are wholesale prices, but it is possible to buy at much lower prices if you know where to look.

    Even sellers on Taobao are selling retail, not wholesale, although the prices offered there may seem very low. NOTE: Taobao is a Chinese language site similar to eBay, and is impossible for non-Chinese speakers to use successfully. Beware of Taobao agents offering to source products there for you. You will finish up paying more than you need to.

    You can get excellent prices from suppliers on sites such as Alibaba if you know how to locate genuine manufacturers. The problem is that the great majority of suppliers there claim to be manufacturers but they are traders. Just scroll back up to my post on October 22 to see some helpful advice on this subject. For even more help, I suggest you read right through my thread:
    Ask Me Anything About Product Sourcing and Importing
    If you need more help, post your questions there. Don't worry about the huge Minimum Order Quantities (MOQ) that suppliers show on their sales pages. I have taught hundreds of newbies how to ignore the big MOQs stated on the B2B sites, and get real manufacturers to supply much smaller orders at real ex-factory prices.

    Walter Hay
     
    Importexport, Nov 26, 2016 IP
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    Walter is right. Any "agent" can present himself as the manufacturer. Anyone can purchase the "gold supplier" status.
     
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    Thanks Martin. It is important for people to understand that as you say, Gold Supplier status can be bought by anyone. It is not proof that they are reliable or trustworthy.

    There is no checking required, except to prove that they exist as a business. Their premises are inspected, simply to show that they are actually there. One problem with that is that they can hire an office for a day or a week, so that the visitor from Alibaba does find them there, but they might not be there the next day.

    That's how scammers can operate, even with Gold Supplier badges.

    Walter Hay
     
    Importexport, Nov 28, 2016 IP
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    In my country shop clues is the right option for the wholesale business.It also depends on the product also .Sometimes amazon as offers products at wholesale price
     
    wanessmark, Dec 4, 2016 IP
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    Shopclues is an Indian site similar to eBay. Consumers can buy there at the "discounted" prices advertised, so how can you compete with the suppliers who are selling to the same people you want to sell to?

    Are they selling at wholesale prices or just discounted retail? You will rarely be dealing with the actual manufacturer there, with most of the products being made in China, so you can't buy at best prices. See my post Number 6 above.

    Sites like Shopclues and eBay are not the place to buy if you want to operate a profitable business.

    Walter Hay
     
    Importexport, Dec 4, 2016 IP